I see a lot of apps pass through my digital desk every single day. In fact, if I’m honest, I see too many of them cross my desk and unfortunately most of them are neither very clever or very good – rarely do I see one that disrupts in any sense of the word.
And Checkthis isn’t necessarily clever, good, or disruptive either. What caught me was the fact that it has both a mobile component and a web / desktop layer that works fairly well.
You see, with this app you can do it all on your phone, creating a “story” with different media elements on the fly. I instantly likened it to Path or Instagram but with multiple images, if that’s your thing. In fact, visually-speaking, it looks a lot like Path.
Here you can see some screens for the mobile app and then a video overview of the entire experience:
It’s not entirely a bad concept:
But, it gets more interesting when you see the web and desktop experience, which I captured fully here:
This looks somewhat familiar.
I started just adding elements and experiencing the app itself.
I can add all these types of content from text, images (I can connect it to my on-notebook camera), video, maps, tweets, and even apps like payment and polling.
You can then publish this directly without ever creating an account although if you want to edit the post in the future you should sign up:
You can see my “finished” work here.
This interesting mobile + desktop versioning intrigued me and I’m not entirely sure what to do with that disparate experience.
On one hand I certainly don’t need yet another image sharing / capturing app on my mobile device, especially in light of the somewhat “insane” experience of crippling my iphone, and on the other I can see great utility on the desktop side for those that need to create a quick and easy one-page website without any effort.
Perhaps there is something “clever” there.
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